Health Minister, Zlatibor Lončar said today at the Serbian Parliament that no organ transplantation will be carried out if all the donor’s family members do not agree with it.
The key novelty in the Law on Organ Transplantation is the simplified procedure of consent, since every adult is defined as a potential donor if not prohibited otherwise, in writing or orally.
The minister explained that it was enough for a person to write on a piece of paper that they did not agree to be a donor after death. This note will then be delivered to all transplant facilities.
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“As soon as the law comes into force, we are going to start compiling lists of people that will be delivered to transplantation institutions, in a simplified procedure”, Loncar said.
The draft law was supported by members of the ruling coalition in the Parliament, as well as by some opposition representatives, including Dusan Milisavljevic of the Democratic Party, who said he had no dilemma whether to vote “for”.
“There is nothing more humane than to extend a life, and this law will allow 22,000 patients to get to an organ more easily and become a member of the Eurotransplant,” Milisavljevic said during the discussion in the Parliament.
Milisavljevic also says that law will be implemented by doctors which, in his view, reduces the possibility of misuse.
The MPs from the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) have announced that they will vote against the proposed law, as it affects the rights of each individual.
“Where states are colonial, human rights are in the background, and we have the opportunity to see in this laws puts human rights second due to the fact that it is assumed that every citizen over the age of 18 has given their consent to be an organ donor”, said Milorad Mircic from the SRS.
The leader of the Dveri Movement, Boško Obradović asked the minister how can the state literally become the owner of a person body, providing the law was adopted.
why the state virtually by the adoption of this law becomes the owner of the body, and that citizens have to “chase after” the state in case they disagree with it.
“Nobody here does not deny the importance of organ donation, but as in the case of vaccination, you cannot impose something on people, you cannot mix in their private lives and decide that someone has to be an organ donor,” Obradovic said.
An MP from Nova Srbija, Djordje Vukadinovic says it is not fair that law critics were labelled as those who do not want to help the sick.
He estimated that the law’s intention was to increase the number of donors which was the right motive, but he disputed the way the law will go about it. Vukadinovic said he supports the promotion of donations.
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